Westnet Broadband, based in Co Mayo, Ireland, needs to site the Wireless equipment in an elevated location so the signal can be sent to households spread over a remote area by line-of-sight transmission. As these sites are 2-5km from the nearest mains supply, an off-grid power source provided by solar and a wind turbine is the only cost effective solution.
Testament to the durability of this vertical axis wind turbine, an LE-v150 Extreme on one site has been running for 4 years now, without stopping, even though it has experienced winds of up to 90mph (40m/s).
“At Glenkeen, the winds were so strong one year that the roof blew off a nearby pumping station, yet the LE-v150 Extreme at this site is still reliably producing power,” continued Peter Moore.
“At Westnet, we know wireless and fibre broadband – that’s where our expertise lies. We’re not off-grid power experts so it’s great we can rely upon Leading Edge’s knowledgeable staff to recommend a wind turbine suitable for these harsh off-grid sites on the West Coast of Ireland.”